Good morning, bookpups🐾! I think we can all pretty much agree that 2020 has been a crap year. BUT, with all the extra time I spent at home this spring/summer (I was off work and confined with two little crazy minions for FOUR MONTHS!) I got quite a bit of extra reading done (once the dreaded distance learning FINALLY came to a close). So today I want to share my favorite books of 2020 … so far.
QOTD: Have you read any amazing books this year? Did quarantine afford you some extra time to work on your out-of-control TBR pile?
I didn’t read too much at the beginning of Lockdown, as we were right in the middle of distance learning. Most of my time was spent trying to get a 6yo to sit at the computer for 1-2 hours a day and work on digital worksheets. Boring. And tedious. And difficult. Once school released for the summer, though, I had a lot of extra time to read (especially seems I didn’t go back to work until the beginning of August!).
Best Books of 2020 … So Far!
I loved Throne of Glass SOOOOOO much! I honestly don’t know why I waited so long to read this one. It has fantasy, adventure, attraction, all wrapped up into one neat package.
Do you enjoy King Arthur stories? Middle-grade books? Then The Camelot Code is an absolute MUST READ! I started it on a Sunday morning after church and finished it that evening. I can’t wait to read the second in the series, but the paperback doesn’t release until the beginning of October!!! #bookbloggerproblems
The Crowns of Croswald is definitely this generation’s Harry Potter. I loved how nostalgic this book made me, while standing firmly on its own two feet. It’s like HP for the YA world.
You know me and romances … well, this year I found one of my new favorite romance authors with this lovely book, You May Kiss the Bridesmaid. I finished this one in the middle of the night and promptly downloaded 2 more of Camilla Isley’s books.
Another new favorite author this year is Mary Ting. I started her ISAN series back at the beginning of July or the end of June and absolutely fell in love with Rhett and Ava ❤️ This series re-sparked my love of dystopian fiction, which I had mostly stopped reading. There’s something about a dystopian world that hits a little too close to home right now (you know, pandemic and all). But ISAN reminded me why I fell in love with the genre in the first place.
Remember how much I loved Throne of Glass? Well, Crown of Midnight was even better! I was entirely #TeamChaol while reading this book and fell in love with characters like Nehemiah and Dorian even more. This book has a fantastic cast of characters and each page brought more adventure and even some heartbreak. Loved loved LOVED this book!
4 and 1/2 months of Bookstagram!
The other amazing thing about 2020 is that, amid all the chaos and fear, Crystal and I started our very own Bookstagram account. I’ve enjoyed scrolling through Bookstagram for a few years now (since starting the first book blog in 2017) but never thought I really had what it took to start my own. This May, we finally took that leap. It has been such an amazing ride and, though we’re nowhere near BIG INFLUENCER status, we’re happy with the growth we’ve seen so far. And what an amazing community!
In fact, we even celebrated our 100th post this summer!